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Urban Youth empowerment program

Urban Youth Empowerment Program (UYEP) RISE aims to address the employment barriers of court-involved youth and young adults, ages 14 to 24, while helping them attain in-demand occupational and employment skills needed to obtain sustainable careers.

UYEP RISE aims to provide participants with:

  1. The opportunity to build relationships with positive, caring adults
  2. A targeted educational and workforce curriculum that builds on their interests and goals
  3. Exposure to stipend-paying, real-world opportunities to gain technical and soft skills
  4. Connections to community services that bolster the learning process
  5. Civic engagement and restorative justice projects
  6. Mentoring
  7. Case Management Services
  8. Expungement and Diversion services

To find out more about how to enroll in this program, contact the Program Director, Ronni Pruitt at rpruitt@ulchatt.net or (423) 551-3584.

For information about becoming a mentor, contact Advocate Counselor/Mentor Coordinator, Cheryl Paris at cparis@ulchatt.net or (423) 756-1762 ext. 36.

Graduation Ceremony for the New UYEP Program participants


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2017 UYEP Graduates


Work Based Training Success Story 

Damien Bonds is the first participant to graduate into the UYEP Program. He came into the program not knowing what he wanted to get out of it but knew he wanted a job. Damien is now working with Dunson Auto Repair in Chattanooga. The UYEP program staff will be working with Damien to pursue his educational goals and pursuing his ASE certification for auto mechanics. We are super proud of Damien. The owner of Dunson, stated that Damien was one of his best workers and was always looking for more work. He is truly thankful to the Urban League for sending Damien. 

Update: Damien was hired full time on Aug. 29th by this employer!



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Two of our program participants were acknowledged during Homecoming at Howard High School

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